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Movie Centered on a Sad LA Apartment Building Debuts at SXSW

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Music video director Jonas Åkerlund's new movie Small Apartments, which debuted at SXSW this week, was shot almost entirely in and around a rundown Los Angeles apartment building that's filled with the kind of weirdos you so often find in rundown Los Angeles apartment buildings. The movie stars Matt Lucas of Little Britain, who plays "an overweight, bald, socially inept shut-in who lives in a dingy apartment filled with Swiss memorabilia (including a culturally accurate horn that he plays, much to the chagrin of his neighbors)," according to a not-at-all-positive review at IndieWire (he accidentally kills his landlord and has to spend the movie hiding it). Cast members also include James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Billy Crystal, and Dolph Lundgren. Åkerlund tells IW about finding the movie's starring building: "We decided to scout for locations downtown, everywhere, before we found this apartment, that gave such a big part of the film's look. it's gone now. It's weird because LA is filled with these areas that are just abandoned. We could cut through walls and do whatever we want. We shot basically the whole movie there. We only went away for a bookstore, bowling alley, and an airplane set." They even found a suitably swampy area in the parking lot. Anyone recognize the place?

· SXSW '12 Review: 'Small Apartments' Is An Awkward, Entirely Unsatisfying Mixture Of Sweetness And Filth [IndieWire]
· SXSW '12 | Jonas Akerlund Talks His Busy 2011, Making Bizarro New Feature 'Small Apartments' Along with 34 Commercials and 5 Music Videos [IndieWire]